Researchers achieve remote control of hormone release

Abnormal levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are linked to a variety of mental health disorders, including depression and posttraumatic stress...

Light driven proton pump in distant relative

Researchers investigated the group of microorganisms classified as Asgard archaea, and found a protein in their membrane which acts as a miniature light-activated pump....

Smithsonian Scientists Discover Six New Coronaviruses in Bats

Researchers with the Smithsonian's Global Health Program have discovered six new coronaviruses in bats in Myanmar -- the first time these viruses have been...

Plants control microbiome diversity inside leaves to promote health

In a new study, published in the journal Nature, Michigan State University scientists show how plant genes directly select which microbes get to live...

Research Sheds Light on How Silver Ions Kill Bacteria

The antimicrobial properties of silver have been known for centuries. While it is still a mystery as to exactly how silver kills bacteria, University...

Harnessing the power of electricity-producing bacteria for programmable ‘biohybrids’

Someday, microbial cyborgs –– bacteria combined with electronic devices –– could be useful in fuel cells, biosensors and bioreactors. But first, scientists need to...

Researchers create unique DNA biosensor for early stage disease detection

Disease detection at an early stage is one of the biggest challenges biochemists and materials scientists are trying to meet by combining their expertise...

Visual events have 100 milliseconds to hit brain target or go...

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have defined a crucial window of time that mice need to key in on visual events. As...

Engineered Virus Might be Able to Block Coronavirus Infections, Mouse Study...

No vaccines exist that protect people against infections by coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, or the ones that cause SARS and MERS. As...

Personalized Microrobots Swim Through Biological Barriers, Deliver Drugs to Cells

Tiny biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural...

Neuroscientists find memory cells that help us interpret new situations

Imagine you are meeting a friend for dinner at a new restaurant. You may try dishes you haven’t had before, and your surroundings will...

Insect wings hold antimicrobial clues for improved medical implants

Some insect wings such as cicada and dragonfly possess nanopillar structures that kill bacteria upon contact. However, to date, the precise mechanisms that cause...

Cell muscle movements visualised for first time

The movements of cell muscles in the form of tiny filaments of proteins have been visualised at unprecedented detail by University of Warwick scientists. In...

Cold War nuclear bomb tests reveal true age of whale sharks

Atomic bomb tests conducted during the Cold War have helped scientists for the first time correctly determine the age of whale sharks. The discovery, published...

Lignin Research Yields Additional Answers into Bacteria’s Role

A collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and three other national laboratories has yielded new insight into the ability of bacteria to...

Scientists enhance new way to overcome resistance to targeted cancer treatments

Researchers have enhanced a new method for inhibiting the protein HSP72, known to be important in helping cancer cells survive and resist treatment, which...

Scientists reveal how brain tumors impact normally supportive cells

When the brain gets injured, star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes come to the rescue. In the case of glioma – the most common type...

Viruses don’t have a metabolism; but some have the building blocks...

In satellite photos of the Earth, clouds of bright green bloom across the surface of lakes and oceans as algae populations explode in nutrient-rich...

Clues to COVID-19 coronavirus’s vulnerability emerge from an antibody against SARS

An antibody recovered from a survivor of the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s has revealed a potential vulnerability of the new coronavirus at...

Researchers Identify Role that Skin Plays in Zika Virus Protection

When a mosquito infected with Zika virus bites someone, the skin is the first line of defense against infection. A Duke research team was able...

Turning cells into computers with protein logic gates

The same basic tools that allow computers to function are now being used to control life at the molecular level. The advances have implications...

COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise in First Peer-Reviewed Research

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists announced a potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. When tested in mice, the vaccine,...

Suspect cells’ ‘neighbor’ implicated in colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer kills more than 50,000 people a year in the United States alone, but scientists have struggled to find the exact mechanisms that...

A 3-D-printed brain could make it easier to find cancer treatments

Glioblastoma is the deadliest form of brain tumor—less than 10 percent of people who are diagnosed with it will survive more than five years. A...

Plant disease primar­ily spreads via road­sides

A precise statistical analysis reveals that on the Åland Islands a powdery mildew fungus that is a common parasite of the ribwort plantain primarily...

How dopamine drives brain activity

Using a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor, MIT neuroscientists have discovered how dopamine released deep within the brain influences both nearby and distant...

Research Brief: How the novel coronavirus binds to human cells

Coronaviruses infect humans by binding to specific proteins, known as receptors, on human cell surfaces. Researchers from the University of Minnesota, led by Professor Fang...

Coronavirus can travel up to 8 meters, MIT researcher says

The novel coronavirus has prompted social distancing measures around the world. One researcher believes what's being done isn't enough. The current physical distancing guidelines provided...

Research Suggests Parents Should Limit Screen Media for Preschoolers

New research from University of California, Davis, suggests that parents should delay introducing their children to any screen media, as well as limit preschool-age...

Phage capsid against influenza: perfectly fitting inhibitor prevents viral infection

A new approach brings the hope of new therapeutic options for suppressing seasonal influenza and avian flu: On the basis of an empty –...

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